Everglades Seafood Festival helps city rebuild
The Everglades Seafood Festival isn't letting a category 4 hurricane hold it back.
The 48th annual event, which combines live music, rides and local seafood, will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Everglades City.
"The organizers have been struggling to not only get their own lives back in order, but to put together the festival," promoter Guy Clark said via email.
"Founded in 1970, the event is ...100% (for charity, helping) the people of Everglades City."
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The area, due south of Naples on the edge of Everglades National Park, was among the hardest hit when Hurricane Irma tore through in September. The community has worked hard to rebuild, and the Everglades Seafood Festival hopes to further that process.
Almost every booth at this weekend's event is there to raise money for various local projects.
Proceeds from festival T-shirts will benefit Everglades City School's athletic department. Reach Out Everglades is selling chocolate Key lime pies on a stick to help boost its funds. Soft-drink sales will benefit Everglades City School. Smoked-mullet sales go to the Everglades City Lions Club, sweet-tea proceeds benefit the Copland Baptist Church, and every strawberry shortcake sold will help rebuild the devastated Church of God in Chokoloskee.
And the list goes on.
Last year more than 50,000 attendees streamed into the festival for the freshest local seafood and live music from big-name acts. Organizers hope to draw even more guests this year, to help this town continue to rebuild.
The Everglades Seafood Festival will take place in front of City Hall at 102 Copeland Ave., Everglades City. Parking is available throughout the city, with limited free spaces and paid lots collecting donations for charity. For a complete musical lineup and more information visit evergladesseafoodfestival.org.
Aji Limon is coming to Bonita Springs. The Cape Coral-based Peruvian restaurant has a location planned for Old 41 Road. Find more at ajilimonperuviancuisine.com.
Point 57 has resumed Sunday brunch. The restaurant is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays at 3522 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Call 471-7785 or visit point-57.com for more.
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Gather wants to thanks the locals. The Cape Coral restaurant is offering a free appetizer to customers with a Cape Coral address on their IDs. The offer is good 4-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Gather's bar. Find it at 5971 Silver King Blvd.; call 673-9939 or visit gathercape.com for more.
A Cajun Bowl has closed in Cape Coral. The restaurant, known for its etouffee and gumbo, as well as its passionate, Louisiana-born owner, Mike Catalan, plans to come back as a food truck in the fall. Track its progress and learn more at facebook.com/acajunbowl.
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FSW gets its own burger
Florida SouthWestern State College now has a burger with its name on it. The new Buc Burger can be found at the Hilton Garden Inn, just north of the college at 12600 University Drive, south Fort Myers.
The ½-pound burger features bacon, boursin cheese, barbecue sauce and fried onion crisps on a ciabatta bun.
The Buc Burger with fries is $13.99. The Hilton Garden Inn’s restaurant is open to the public daily for breakfast from 6-10 a.m. and from 7-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is served daily from 5-10 p.m. Call 790-3500 or visit hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com for more.
Society debuts new menu
Society at Bell Tower Shops in south Fort Myers has introduced a new small-bites menu offering 13 items available throughout the day and evening at the restaurant’s downstairs bars and at Treehouse, the open-air bar and lounge on the second floor.
The new “Bites” menu features an array of appetizers including popular favorites such as the Cuban cigars and crackle-pop sushi roll, as well as new items including loaded fries, meatballs marinara, fried calamari, chicken wings, coconut-fried shrimp and a ½-pound bacon-jam cheeseburger topped with fried onions.
The casual all-day menu also offers a sushi roll with salmon lox, spicy cream cheese and poke sauce, and thick slices of sweet and spicy bacon coated in a maple glaze and house seasoning.
From 4-7 p.m. daily a selection of the "Bites" menu will be available for $5, to go with Society's happy hour drink specials.
Society, from acclaimed Chef Todd Erickson, opened in November. Find it at 13499 Bell Tower Drive; call 334-0900 or visit societyfortmyers.com.
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